WARWICK, R.I. -- Only two days left. The May 28 deadline for requesting disaster assistance is just two days away. Rhode Island households and businesses must register with FEMA and submit their SBA disaster loan applications today or tomorrow. If they don’t, they could miss out on federal disaster aid.
Call FEMA now at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or at TTY 1-800-462-7585 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. You can register, find out the status of your application if you’ve already registered, resolve problems or appeal a decision. FEMA Helpline hours are from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. (EDT); help is available in all languages. FEMA also offers online registration at www.fema.gov.
FEMA grants may cover alternative housing, minor home repairs, and/or replacing essential household items not covered by insurance. Other types of grants may be available to Rhode Islanders to help with medical, dental, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs, but they must register with FEMA no later than May 28, 2010.
SBA disaster loans help homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster damaged personal property and business assets. These loans may cover insurance deductibles, code-required upgrades and other costs not compensated for by insurance or other sources. However, the SBA application must be returned no later than May 28, 2010.
For more information about returning a disaster loan application, call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT) Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT), Saturday, at 1-800-659-2955 for information and assistance. Residents also may apply online at http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/, visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.